Times Higher EducationThe continent’s burgeoning economies could prove a major source of future student recruitment, says Marguerite Dennis. Consider the following: there are about a billion people in Africa, and the continent has 20 per cent of the world’s land and 15 per cent of the world’s population. Around 70 per cent of the population own a mobile phone.
Africa had six of the world’s fastest-growing economies between 2001 and 2010. Direct foreign investment in Africa has increased by 50 per cent since 2005. From 2003 to 2011, Chinese annual investment in Africa increased from $100 million (£66 million) to $12 billion. The Chinese government has funded 40,000 private sector jobs, 20,000 scholarships and 29 Confucius Institutes in 22 African countries. Read more...